On Wednesday, December 14, Princeton UMC’s Cornerstone Community Kitchen (CCK) held a special dinner and award ceremony for Larry Apperson: the man who launched CCK back on June 6, 2012. What began in the Sanford-Davis Room with 14 guests has grown into a dining experience serving dozens in Fellowship Hall. As he, his daughter Sharon, and granddaughter Alex walked into the room, all the diners and volunteers gave him a standing ovation.


Over the years, Larry has found ways to supplement the hot meals provided by Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Local businesses donate leftovers and local farms, like Cherry Grove Organic, provide produce. Due to these relationships Larry fostered, diners can grocery shop after finishing their meals, often taking home two bags of supplies.


On hand for the celebration was TASK Associate Executive Director of Operations Paul Jensen and Cherry Grove Organic Farm Founder Matt Conver. Both men spoke of Larry’s dedication to and seemingly boundless energy for making CCK such a vital resource for the Princeton-area. Yvonne and John Macdonald, accompanied by a French horn, provided music for the evening. CCK Board member Jeanette Timmons presented Larry with a plaque and a lovely engraved glass award. The plaque will hang in Fellowship Hall so Larry can continue to be a part of Wednesday nights 5-6:30.